R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison
R&B Singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, after being convicted in federal court last year on sex trafficking and extortion charges. Seven of his defendants faced today in court who provided victim impact statements recounting their experiences with the singer.
The prosecution had demanded a prison sentence of more than 25 years in order to “protect the public” from the singer. He was convicted on nine counts last September, including one racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act.
“No one can take back the harm done to these victims,” Gloria Allred, who represents the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters.
Defense attorneys representing R Kelly hope that details revealing their client’s abuse as a child will prompt a judge to award the singer a lighter sentence.
They have demanded prison terms of 10 years or less, arguing that anything beyond that is untenable. The lawyers claimed that the prosecution’s desire to imprison the 55-year-old singer for 25 years “is equivalent to a life sentence.”
R Kelly victim says 30-year prison sentence ‘on the spot’
Sonia, a victim of R Kelly’s abuse and testified in court, praised the singer’s imprisonment.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times After the ruling, Sonya, whose last name was not revealed to protect her identity, said she had been intimidated by people in the singer’s circle for years.
She said, “I’ve been followed, I’ve been contacted at networking events. It’s happened a few different times.”
On each occasion, she says she immediately turned away from the person who was talking to her and “goed off the grid for a few days”.
“Thirty years is the case for me,” she said.
“I’ve had this for nearly two decades. I’m very happy with that sentence. Very happy.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 06:30
R Kelly Victims Say 30 Years Sentence ‘Insufficient’
R Kelly’s victims said the 30-year prison sentence handed to the singer, while cheering her, “is not enough.”
“Personally, I don’t think that’s enough, but I’m happy about it,” said the accused, Lizette Martinez.
Another victim, Jovante Cunningham, who first met Kelly at age 14, said his abuse spanned 30 years and “30 years is what he got”.
Out of court, Ms Cunningham said: “There has never been a day in my life when I actually believed the justice system would come for black and brown girls.”
Ms Cunningham, who was Kelly’s former backup dancer, added that she “certainly cried” when the verdict came and felt “overwhelmed”.
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 06:00
R Kelly, a “prolific serial predator” who preyed on the “young and the weak”
Steve K. Francis, the acting associate executive director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who announced the sentencing of R. Kelly, described the singer as a “prolific serial predator.”
“Robert Kelly is a prolific serial predator who has used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable by hanging on the promises of fame, fortune, and stardom for his own sexual gratification. Over the course of nearly thirty years, Kelly and his associates have silenced their victims through bribery, intimidation, extortion, and physical violence, they trust that they are immune to justice.”
“Today’s sentence is a victory for survivors of Kelly’s abuse. These brave women and men, despite threats to their personal safety, have come forward and had to relive the pain of the most traumatic days of their lives to tell the truth and make their voices heard.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 05:15
R Kelly will face a second trial in August
R Kelly will face another trial, this time in federal court, beginning in August.
On August 15, R. Kelly will go to trial for possession of child sexual abuse photos. This will be the second time he has faced charges related to child sexual abuse images.
He was previously acquitted in 2008 on similar charges.
Kelly pleaded not guilty.
Greg GraziosiJune 30, 2022 04:00
Explainer: What was R. Kelly guilty of and how long did he get in prison?
R Kelly faces a potential quarter-century in prison.
What drove R Kelly to this point, and what is the context surrounding his arrest, conviction, and eventual sentencing?
The Independent Graeme Massie explores and explains the circumstances and crimes that led R Kelly to rule the day.
Greg GraziosiJune 30, 2022 03:00
ICYMI: Victims accuse R Kelly of ‘unfortunate and inexplicable acts’ in sentencing shocking impact statements
Seven women who were abused by R Kelly on Wednesday spoke out during the sentencing hearing, recounting the pain they dealt with as a result of the singer’s crimes.
One victim said during the hearing, with each addition of a new victim, she grew in evil, arrogance, and diminished any form of humanity or self-awareness.
Gina Amatoli has more victims in the story below:
Greg GraziosiJune 30, 2022 02:00
WATCH: R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and extortion
R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison
Greg GraziosiJune 30, 2022 01:00
ICYMI: R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and extortion
R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex trafficking and extortion charges.
Read more in the story below:
Greg GraziosiJune 30, 2022 00:00
R Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg says sentencing is an “abuse” of prosecution
R Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told Law and Crime that the singer’s 30-year sentence is an “abuse” of prosecution.
Watch his comments in the clip below:
Greg GraziosiJune 29, 2022 23:00
Lizette Martinez, who provided the victim impact statement during sentencing, said she hopes R Kelly gets a tougher sentence.
Lizette Martinez, an R Kelly abuse survivor who made a victim impact statement during her sentencing hearing, said the singer kept her as a “sex slave.”
“Personally, I don’t think that’s enough, but I’m happy with that,” she told reporters after the ruling.
Greg GraziosiJune 29, 2022 22:30